Why a Manhattan subway station could be a shelter in a nuclear attack

Posted by Stephen Petrey on Saturday, March 23, 2024

City officials at the time proposed fitting out deep underground stations with shelter rooms that had plumbing, pantries and first aid kits. But those plans were shelved due to a lack of federal funding.

The 190th Street station opened in 1932 and is situated underneath 140 feet of bedrock at Fort Tryon Park. It’s been 80 years since the first atom bomb exploded on Earth, and we still haven’t outfitted the station with fallout survival materials. I’m no doomsday prepper but this would be a worthy investment as the current Russian-Ukraine conflict continues to evolve.


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